We Walked the Sky

We Walked the Sky

A multigenerational story about two teenagers: Victoria, who joins the circus in 1965, and her granddaughter, Callie, who leaves the circus fifty years later.In 1965 seventeen-year-old Victoria, having just escaped an unstable home, flees to the ultimate place for dreamers and runaways--the circus. Specifically, the VanDrexel Family Circus where, among the lion tamers,...

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Title:We Walked the Sky
Author:Lisa Fiedler
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Edition Language:English

We Walked the Sky Reviews

  • Hannah Greendale

    THIS BOOK HAS AWARD-WINNER WRITTEN ALL OVER IT.

    🌟 THIS BOOK HAS AWARD-WINNER WRITTEN ALL OVER IT. 🌟

  • Ally (The Nature of Pages)

    The vintage feel of Victoria's perspective adds so much to the story. In the wake of my The Greatest Showman obsession, this felt like nostalgia and a hug all wrapped up into one book. I adored Victoria's parts of the book and eagerly waited to see what was next.

    We Walked the Sky is an absolute piece of art. ART, I tell you!From Victoria's whimsical dreams of freedom and Callie's longing for her place she calls home, the book is a siren song to all who know what it feels like to dream of

    The vintage feel of Victoria's perspective adds so much to the story. In the wake of my The Greatest Showman obsession, this felt like nostalgia and a hug all wrapped up into one book. I adored Victoria's parts of the book and eagerly waited to see what was next.

    We Walked the Sky is an absolute piece of art. ART, I tell you!From Victoria's whimsical dreams of freedom and Callie's longing for her place she calls home, the book is a siren song to all who know what it feels like to dream of adventure. The plot line kept me intrigued and interested, though I did find myself wishing there were more of Victoria's parts in between Callie's.

    The characters are cleverly thought-out and unique! I definitely relate to Victoria's point of view more though - she just has a delightful way of taking the reader's thoughts and voicing them on the page. Callie felt a tad distant and harder to connect to, but that's part of her personality played out on the page. All in all, wonderful character building and plot!

    We Walked the Sky is an amazing novel for the dreamers, the adventurers, and the hopeful! I cannot wait to read more of Lisa Fielder's books and see We Walked the Sky in bookstores everywhere!

  • Teresa

    This book was a slow start for me; I don't know why but once I found the rhythm of the voice I fell in love with the story. Told from a grandmother, Victoria, and her granddaughter, Callie, it focuses on what is important to these two woman while growing up in the circus.

    Victoria runs away from a horrible home life to join the circus, figuring she will leave when she is far from home. What she finds in the circus isn't just joy and love but a family that cares for her just as deeply as she cares

    This book was a slow start for me; I don't know why but once I found the rhythm of the voice I fell in love with the story. Told from a grandmother, Victoria, and her granddaughter, Callie, it focuses on what is important to these two woman while growing up in the circus.

    Victoria runs away from a horrible home life to join the circus, figuring she will leave when she is far from home. What she finds in the circus isn't just joy and love but a family that cares for her just as deeply as she cares for them.

    Callie is literally a child of the circus..born into it; so when it is taken away from her she mourns. Forced to live a "regular" life after her mother takes a job at a wild animal sanctuary Callie schemes to get back into the circus no matter the cost.

    Fiedler has written a lovely book that explores how two different women grow up and become themselves in this book...I fell in love with both of them!

    Thanks to Penguin for the ARC!

  • Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)

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    1965: Victoria's mother is dying and she's being abused by her father. When the circus comes to town, she takes her chance and asks for a job, creating a new life for herself. Now: Callie is a tightrope-walker at her family circus, at least, she was until her mom decides to move her and Callie to an animal sanctuary. Both Victoria and Callie think that their situation is only temporary.

    Once I read the

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    1965: Victoria's mother is dying and she's being abused by her father. When the circus comes to town, she takes her chance and asks for a job, creating a new life for herself. Now: Callie is a tightrope-walker at her family circus, at least, she was until her mom decides to move her and Callie to an animal sanctuary. Both Victoria and Callie think that their situation is only temporary.

    Once I read the synopsis to this book, I knew I had to read it. This was a wonderfully written book and I was drawn into the story. The book is in dual POV, switching between Victoria and Callie. I loved that this book has a dual perspective of family, within two different time periods. So many YA books use dual POV for romance and it was a breath of fresh air to see it used differently.

    Out of the two narratives, Victoria's was my favorite. She was such a strong character, even though she didn't always feel strong, because she worked hard once she was in the circus and she had the courage to run away from her dangerous home environment. She really grows so much throughout her chapters and it was written extraordinarily well. Her story is also a bit more interesting. Yes, there is the historical backdrop and the circus setting that made it interesting, but there was an actual story progression in her chapters that made me want to keep reading forward. Even though I knew how parts of her story would end, thanks to Callie's chapters, and I knew that it would break my heart, I wanted to see how it got there.

    Callie's chapters didn't interest me as much. Partially because I didn't like Callie very much. She lived in the circus her whole life but didn't care enough about anyone (except her grandmother) to make friendships with anyone. It made me a bit sad, honestly, but her character came off as obnoxious because she didn't seem to care about anyone else and just wanted to go back to the circus. Unlike Victoria,who had more of a reason to want to leave her home life and become her own person, Callie's reasoning just didn't feel as strong. I did like seeing her connection with tightrope-walking and all of her grandmother's notes helping her along. Callie's chapters worked the best when they felt like they were intertwined with Victoria's story, but there wasn't much of a plot driving her chapters, and I just wanted to go back to Victoria's chapters.

    Overall, this is a fantastic book, wonderfully narrated, and I loved the focus on family. Again, I preferred Victoria's story to Callie's and that greatly affected my rating, but I did like seeing hints of Victoria in Callie's chapters. The ending punches you in the gut. It hurts and I am again astounded by Victoria's strength. This is the first book I've read by Lisa Fiedler, but I will keep my eyes open for any more YA from her in the future.

  • Emma (Miss Print)

    I'm not sure why this didn't work for me. Is it that I wanted a different book than the one that the author delivered? Is it that I wasn't in the right mood? Hard to say. Might come back to it if it ends up having legs come book award season but for now it's just a book with lovely writing and a story that felt a little too familiar for me to spend more time on.

  • Rachel Marie

    I really wanted to love We Walked the Sky— and I did love parts of it. On the whole, I would recommend this book, but it is probably not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. This novel is a YA multigenerational story following Victoria and Callie, a grandmother and granddaughter, and their lives in relation to the VanDrexel Family Circus. Victoria’s story is historical fiction, while Callie’s is contemporary, taking place in the present.

    I absolutely adored Victoria’s story. In the mid-1960’s she

    I really wanted to love We Walked the Sky— and I did love parts of it. On the whole, I would recommend this book, but it is probably not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. This novel is a YA multigenerational story following Victoria and Callie, a grandmother and granddaughter, and their lives in relation to the VanDrexel Family Circus. Victoria’s story is historical fiction, while Callie’s is contemporary, taking place in the present.⁣⁣⁣

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    I absolutely adored Victoria’s story. In the mid-1960’s she runs away from an abusive home-life to join the circus. There she discovers a confidence in herself she never knew, as she masters walking the tight-rope. She comes into her own and falls in love, wrapped up in 1960’s cultural references, and the glitz and glam of the traveling circus.⁣⁣⁣

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    Callie’s story, I did not love. She and her mother have left the circus (unwillingly on Callie’s part) and settled in sunny Florida where Callie is forced to attend public high school, of all things. She is understandably angry at her mother, but also bratty and obnoxious at times. Her days at the high school are filled with “who will I sit with in the cafeteria” and “the popular girl is out to get me” tropes that felt overdone and irritating. The story does of course, eventually, focus on how Callie becomes a decent human being/friend/daughter. It also has a very satisfying ending. ⁣⁣⁣

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    The book is structured so that every other chapter takes place from a different perspective. The reader gets to see the journey of Victoria learning the circus life at the same time at Callie figures out how to be a regular girl. The similar lessons they learn along the way are impactful and special, and the book felt very fast-paced and interesting. Victoria’s story was perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing. I think generally this novel loses points because I don’t personally love YA contemporary, I find the characters hard to relate to and sometimes a bit cringey. Keep in mind that that’s my bias, and if you like YA contemporary as well as historical fiction, you’re definitely going to love this novel! ⁣⁣

  • Laura

    Had this book focused solely on Victoria’s life with the circus, I probably would have enjoyed it more, and thus rated it higher.

    I just could not get into Callie’s storyline. Her Grandmother was much more interesting, which is why I wanted more from that story.

    The ending felt a bit strange to me as well.

    The book just wasn’t what I expected. Still decent, but I had higher hopes.

  • Melanie Charles

    I feel so conflicted about this book. There were things about it that I connected to, and I really enjoyed the first half of the book. The circus is fascinating to read about. But I felt like the story lost it’s way in the second half. There was also some content that I wasn’t comfortable reading. So for those reasons I’m giving it a lower rating.

  • Namrata

    I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS NOVEL TO COME OUT! I've been really hyped about it ever since.

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